Der Elefant (The Elephant)

I thought this was an interesting, absurdist story from Slawomir Mrozek. Originally in Polish, translated from German, courtesy of April Wilson’s book. Ich denke, das ist ein interessante und absurde Geschichte von Slawomir Mrozek. Ursprünglich auf Polnisch geschrieben, aus dem Deutsch übersetzt, vielen danke zu das Textbuche von April Wilson. Der Direktor des Zoos ist […]

Thoughts from preaching the book of Job

Earlier this year we finished up a series at church exploring the theme, “Deeper into Pain & Suffering”. As part of it, I had the privilege of preaching 5 talks through the book of Job. It was a challenge covering 42 chapters as a church but we made it, and God spoke to us deeply […]

3 ideas to unlearn from (Job’s) F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Last month, about 1 million Kiwis tuned in to watch the Friends reunion (myself included). One thing I learned from watching it (besides how quickly celebrities age!) is how this 90’s sitcom about 20-somethings in New York is still a global phenomenon, through endless reruns and Netflix, and translations into dozens of languages. In one […]

Why does Job use “bless” to mean “curse” in Job 1-2?

Yesterday, a friend shared the following list of words online: https://www.facebook.com/EricLige/posts/10159204157499659?cft[0]=AZWhsdIMYiLFhLlu3OXD9VYhII2cuAHf8awSWJYwKbNEupeBCkgzEn5W1EJ7Zd0BwwM_0GIY0mNdrQE6RP6ZtS2LRhHY7lTXTFAmP5LIueo3IosMUCbrxrVTiVDC0Y3s_os&tn=%2CO%2CP-R Credit: Eric Lige @ Facebook.com Contronyms (or “Janus words”) are words with two opposite meanings. For example, you can cleave to someone, or cleave from someone. You can dust off the countertop, or dust a cake with icing sugar. Lease a house out, or […]

Job 25: Bildad the brief

After Job’s reply (ch23-24), Bildad issues one final reply (ch.25). Here’s a translation. Previously: 1:1-5 | 1:6-12 | 1:13-22 | 2:1-6 | 2:7-13 | 3:1-10 | 3:11-26 | 4 | 5:1-7 | 5:8-27 | 6 | 7 | 8:1-7 | 8:8-22 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13:1-16 | 13:17-14:22 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23-24 Translation: 25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and he said: 2 “Dominion (lit: to rule) and dread [are] with him,[Who] makes peace in his high [place].” 3 Is there number to his armies?And over whom does his light not arise? […]

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